Recumbent - Climbing on a V-Rex
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10-12-10, 10:41 AM
"Climbing", "hills", and "mountains" being relative terms, understand I'm from Indiana. Not Kansas prairie flat, and relatively hilly in the South, but my idea of hills is skewed toward flatness.
After about 7 years being 'bent, I've done more climbing this year than previously. First I did a ride in New Hampshire's White Mountains (68 miles, 4k), then a bit of hills in 400k and 600k brevets (Ohio and Illinois, respectively), then this past weekend the Hilly Hundred (Day 1 57 miles 5k, Day 2 49 miles 4k). Yeah I know to some people that's flat. Like I said, relative.
My overall impression or climbing on the V-Rex is (drum roll) it's heavy and you can't stand up. Duh. I blew by people who are slower than me, and was blown away by people who are faster. That's about it. I won't shy away from hilly any more.
10-12-10, 01:43 PM
I don't know of anybody who would call 5200 feet in 52 miles "flat." Climbing at a rate of 100 ft/mile pretty much defines "seriously hilly" even for mountain goats. "My route is hillier than your route" contests aside, the Hilly Hundred is no pushover.
I think I saw your green V-Rex at the 1st stop on Saturday, leaned up against a truck. You could fix the 'heavy' complaint by getting a lighter wheelset and skinny tires, and get rid of the 30-lb rear trunk. FTR, I not only pedaled all the hills, I only used my granny ring once on Saturday: Cow Pie, I think; and twice on Sunday: Tabor and Water Tower. I really hated that the roads were so clogged with bikes that I didn't get any good downhill runs. Top speed for the weekend was only something like 44 mph. I can check my speedo tonight to see for sure. My best ALMOST-speed run was coming off Water Tower Hill. I was set to get air on that little roller, but I had to hit the brakes hard because of a van stuck behind some S-L-O-W riders on hybrids. I think I need new brake pads after that weekend!
We were passed by a not-yellow/silver V-Rex on Sunday.
I rode my Rex last year on both days and made it up everything but Mt. Tabor.
Mt. Tabor defeated us on our tandem this year; got up all the hills on Saturday on my V3 but am not too proud to say that I used the little ring for every significant hill.
10-12-10, 08:14 PM
My V-Rex is pearl white with a blue front fork. It could look silver/yellowish I suppose but surely not green. Does have a rack/trunk and was leaning against the water truck at lunch Saturday. I thought about pulling the trunk, rack, and front fender off for the hilly, but what the heck it's not a race and I was confident I could get up the hills. I did pull out most of my randonneuring repair/first-aid kit, leaving just tire repair essentials. If I really wanted to get light I could drop 20 pounds from my body, without spending a dime :)
10-13-10, 09:57 AM
My V-Rex is pearl white with a blue front fork. It could look silver/yellowish I suppose but surely not green.
What I saw was definitely not yours, then. It might have been an old V-Rex, because the color was the old 'sharkskin.' I can't imagine anyone choosing that color if they were getting their frame painted.
10-13-10, 10:13 AM
. . . I won't shy away from hilly any more . . .
I think you've found the master key!
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